Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Even living here in Costa Rica, I hear more and more about living "GREEN." Many of the blogs I read are talking about it too and in honor of Earth Day, Inspired Room had a green giveaway, a $100 drawing for leaving tips on how you live green and how they make a difference in their everyday lives. I love the idea, and although I don't consider myself "green" I took a few minutes to think of how I live and what I do that could be considered green. I impressed myself. (although lamentable, some of my actions are not intentionally to be green, I do feel better about them now.
- I use cloth bags for the Saturday vegetable market, and although I usually forget to take them to the grocery store, we re-use those bags for our trash cans.
- I walk to work everyday (yes, i have to, but so what?)
- I repurpose beer/wine bottles as flower/feather vases.
- I don't use heating/air conditioning (that is easy since we don't need/have either)
- I turn out the lights behind me
- I take quick showers (this is in part because I'm scared Neto will surprise me with cold water over the shower curtain...yes, we still play that game)
- I turn off my work and home computers at night
- I carry my lunch to work in a fabric lunch bag
- We dry our clothes on a clothesline (No, they don't use dryers here, but so what?)
- I wear clothes (except gym) more than once before washing.
- I have plants that requires little water. (so what if succulents happen to be my favorite plant?)
- I don't flush the toilet every time I use it (much to Neto's dismay) "If its yellow - let it mellow, if it's brown - flush it down" That is usually the methodology I follow.
Not bad right? I know some of these are circumstantial, but......they are still green!
A few great ideas that I read an am very excited to start doing (once I have a house etc):
- Composting. (my mom has done this forever and has the most beautiful garden to boot)
- Growing my own vegetables
- Using cloth napkins as opposed to paper
- A not so big house (that should be easy since I don't have a job:)
- Put a bucket in the shower to catch excess water for plants (isn't that one great?)
- Barrel outside to catch rainwater
- Recycle, reuse, repurpose - right? I love yard sales and Craigslist!
Come on! Leave a comment and tell me what do YOU do to live a green life
(even if by chance)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I thought this was really fun. I saw this questionnaire on Facebook, so I sent it to Ernesto. He emailed it back, and it made me smile- he got everything right! (although#17 is questionable)
1. She's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen? HGTV
2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does she get on his salad? Oil & Vinegar
3. What's one food she doesn't like? Bar food
4. You go out to eat and have a drink. What does she order? Steak and a Malbec
5. Where did she go to high school? Orrville
6. What size shoe does she wear? 9
7. If she was to collect anything, what would it be? sand
8. What is her favorite type of sandwich? egg salad
9. What would this person eat every day if she could? black licorice
10. What is her favorite cereal? anything healthy
11. What would she never wear? jean skirt
12. What is her favorite sports team? Padres- actually she doesn't have one
13. Who did she vote for? Obama
14. Who is her best friend? she has various best friends
15. What is something you do that she wishes you wouldn't do? drink too much
16. What is her favorite color? turquoise
17. What would she say is her favorite quality about you? my lip syncing skills
18. What is one of her biggest goals in life? to speak Spanish fluently
19. What topic does she talk most about? her dreams
20. What is her favorite hobby? right now it's blogging
Send this to your partner and see what you get back!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
We waited for about one hour and when we finally got up to the window, they told us that to enter the country they need to see a return bus or plane ticket. Ugh! So I had to walk to the bus station and buy 3 bus tickets. Next time at the window, they tell us, oh...now you need to get a tourist stamp in the office next door! UGH! I was so frustrated. When I walked into the tourist office I had to let the guy know what a CLUSTER this border operation was. I know I surprised him by going off, but I couldn't hold it in.
Ernesto was the first to use the baño in our room, and it was so funny because when he flushed the toilet you heard him yell, "no way!" That's right folks, right into the ocean. (boy, do I have a funny picture...im sure you can imagine) Needless to say, we didn't go swimming there.
When we came out of the jungle, we arrived Wizard Beach. (yeah! more sand) We were the only ones there and it was beautiful. Later, some surfers and other sunbathers joined us. I'd love to learn to surf. It looks so fun! Brian and Neto spent an hour poking at the palm trees with long sticks. We cracked open the coconuts, drank the water and then ate the fruit. That night we took a water taxi into Bocas Town on the main island (Isla Colon) to get dinner and do some shopping. Believe it or not, shopping was really my motivation for going to Panama. Ernesto and I went on a trip to the San Blas Islands in Panama before we were married , and I didn't buy a mola! Molas are beautiful fabric artwork, made by the Kuna Indians (who live on the Islands) I know I could've bought a mola on the internet, but living in Costa Rica, we are just too close to Panama - I had to buy it there. (Im weird, I know) Anyway there is a street lined with vendors and there were so many molas to choose from. I wanted to buy a bunch.I narrowed it down to 2 and Ernesto picked the black one, so walked with three. Each design tells a story of the Kuna Indians. I plan on framing them to hang in my house...that I don't have. Aren't they beautiful?Another great spot for breakfast on the island is Tio Tom's, which is owned by a really nice German couple. It has a great deck over the water with a lot of plants... just a great atmosphere for enjoying a coffee and a $3 omellette or french toast. Diving and snorkeling are huge in Bocas del Toro. We paid $60 and had this boat and the driver, Maya for the day. He took us to two snorkeling spots. Just riding in the boat was awesome.
Maya is a native of Bastimentos and he knew his way around. Sometimes it was like we were going through a maze in all of the mangroves. How did he find this little tunnel?Our first stop was Coral Caye for some snorkeling.Neto sat out this one because it was in front of a restaurant. He was paranoid about the bathroom situation, but Brrrian and I saw pipes heading inland from the bathrooms, and that was good enough for us. We dove right in. This spot had so many fish, I think they are fed there, because there wasn't much plant life or coral on the bottom.Actually the water was so clear, Ernesto got to see many fish without going in. These are my favorite fish, although not a great picture, you can see how colorful they are. Its called a Parrot fish (how fitting...and its turquoise!)
The next snorkel spot was called Reef Caye and it was amazing! I have been snorkeling in many places and never have I seen the colors that I saw here. I have searched on the internet and can't come up with anything comparable. Im talking about the brightest colors of coral and other things (non-fish): gold, purple, royal blue, red, neon green, emerald green, orange. It was so cool.
For the afternoon, we were dropped off at Red Frog Beach. Brrrian and Nester were hunter-gatherers again with the coconuts. I can lay still in the sun forever reading, relaxing, thinking...they need to DO something.This time they came prepared with a bottle of rum. Coco Loco time!
This cute little puppy was running around looking skinny so I shared some of my granola bar with him. Then he wanted to share my blanket too, and I couldn't resist. We used the kitchen at El Jaguar our last night. Bought some beans and made rice and a good salsa (pico de gallo) and then just relaxed on the hammocks. Yes, island life, I could get used to it.
We hopped on an early water taxi in the morning to start the trek back to San Jose. They really jam pack those boats. At $4 a person, and about 20 people on the boat...running every half hour? Yes, the Austrian man who owns Bocas Marine Tours has got a good thing going. (and he is also a nice guy- he gave us a ride back to our island at 1am after waiting for a boat for an hour)